This afternoon we arrived in Yuma and are getting settled in an RV park where the staff and other residents have been very friendly, which makes all the difference. Kipp and John took an 11 mile walk this morning, and Kipp is resting as we catch up on our communications. Kelly will make another dinner – the next in a series of delicious meals that we are all enjoying immensely. Lucky us – she is our Journey’s Chef!!
We plan to be in Arizona until after the Arizona Centennial. Citizenship Counts and Mansfeld Middle School are hosting an official Arizona Centennial Event the afternoon of February 14th!
Here are some fascinating facts and bits of history about Yuma:
The sun shines 90 percent of the time in Yuma – 350 days a year.
Because of the plentiful sunshine, rich soil and good water, Yuma is North America’s winter vegetable capital. Growing more than 175 different crops every year, Yuma agriculture is a 3.2 billion dollar industry.
The Colorado River waters 100 per cent of the 230,000 acres used for agriculture in Yuma County. The fields are laser-leveled and graded, using GPS technology, which makes the irrigation system very efficient.
The Yuma Siphon has delivered irrigation water to the Yum Valley since 1912. Use this link to learn more about this engineering marvel: http://www.yumasun.com/news/water-74789-siphon-yuma.html
Yuma grows lots of lettuce. You can read all about it in an article from the Yuma Sun: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/alameda-75491-lettuce-rotation.html
There are about 200,000 people living in Yuma County, with between 95 and 100,000 in the City of Yuma.
Cesar Estrada Chavez, 1927–1993, an American agrarian labor leader, was born near Yuma. He founded the United Farm Workers Association.
Yuma Territorial Prison is a living museum of the Old West. More than 3,000 desperadoes, convicted of crimes ranging from polygamy to murder, were imprisoned in rock and adobe cells here during the prison’s 33-year existence between 1876 and 1909.
Outside the city of Yuma is The Camel Farm. Camels have been in the Wild West since the 1850s.